Swing Street

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
In the liner notes for Swing Street, Barry Manilow refers to his wish to record a "techno-swing album." While that term conjures images of mechanistic swing sets, it must actually refer to Swing Street's largely synthesized instrumentation. From the first few notes of its title track, the album seems like music made for an audience of mannequins. It certainly swings, especially on tracks like "Big Fun." But it does so in a cold, canned sort of way, suggesting jazz-pop if it was painstakingly recreated by futuristic robot musicologists. Manilow himself fully indulges in the vocal style of the genre, emoting up a storm on "Stardust" and "Summertime," a duet with Diane ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
In the liner notes for Swing Street, Barry Manilow refers to his wish to record a "techno-swing album." While that term conjures images of mechanistic swing sets, it must actually refer to Swing Street's largely synthesized instrumentation. From the first few notes of its title track, the album seems like music made for an audience of mannequins. It certainly swings, especially on tracks like "Big Fun." But it does so in a cold, canned sort of way, suggesting jazz-pop if it was painstakingly recreated by futuristic robot musicologists. Manilow himself fully indulges in the vocal style of the genre, emoting up a storm on "Stardust" and "Summertime," a duet with Diane Schurr that also features the sax of Stan Getz. The latter track is a standout; together with the wistful, piano-driven "Once You Were Mine," it's the most real thing on the album. The rest of Swing Street can't outrun its digital composition, as illustrated by an unfortunate version of "Stompin' at the Savoy," which adds lyrics and sounds like Muzak on Mars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: Bmg Special Product
  • UPC: 755174692222
  • Catalog Number: 146922
  • Sales rank: 124,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swing Street (3:33)
  2. 2 Big Fun - Full Swing (3:55)
  3. 3 Stompin' at the Savoy (2:42)
  4. 4 Black and Blue - Tom Scott (4:02)
  5. 5 Hey Mambo - Kid Creole & the Coconuts (2:55)
  6. 6 Summertime - Diane Schuur (4:15)
  7. 7 Brooklyn Blues - Tom Scott (5:09)
  8. 8 Stardust - Uncle Festive (5:20)
  9. 9 Once When You Were Mine (2:51)
  10. 10 One More Time - Gerry Mulligan (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Phyllis Hyman Vocals, Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone, Track Performer
Diane Schuur Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Scott Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Lorraine Feather Vocals
Full Swing Track Performer
Uncle Festive Track Performer
Eddie Arkin Horn, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Artie Butler Piano
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Kid Creole & the Coconuts Track Performer
Charlotte Crossley Vocals
August Darnell Vocals
Lawrence Dermer Background Vocals
Alan Estes Percussion
Gary Falcone Background Vocals
Joe Galdo Background Vocals
Gary Grant Horn
Bud Harner Percussion, Drums
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn, Horn, Muted Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jon Joyce Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Piano
Charles Loper Horn
Ron Pedley Piano
Joe Pizzulo Background Vocals
John Pondel Guitar
Dave Stone Bass
Marc Levine Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Horn
Dann Hugg Guitar
Larry Hall Horn
Angie Johnson Vocals
Technical Credits
Barry Manilow Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Stan Getz Contributor
Gregg Karukas Programming
Gerry Mulligan Contributor
Tom Scott Contributor
Full Swing Contributor
Uncle Festive Contributor
Eddie Arkin Arranger, Producer
Michael Braunstein Engineer
Artie Butler Arranger
Kid Creole & the Coconuts Contributor
Michael Delugg Engineer, Mastering
Lawrence Dermer Arranger, Producer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Producer
Joe Galdo Arranger, Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Marc Hulett Executive Producer
Harry Maslin Engineer
Ed Rak Engineer
Allen Sides Engineer
Wally Traugott Remastering
John VanNest Engineer
Mark Larson Art Direction
Susan Mendola Reissue Design
Eric Borenstein Executive Producer
Emilio and The Jerks Producer
Eric Schilling Engineer
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